Road crash kills 20, injures two in southern Pakistan

Monday, 20 November 2017

Twenty people were killed and two others sustained injuries when  a coal-laden truck overturned on a passenger van near Shah Hussain area of Khairpur, in Pakistan's southern province of Sindh on Monday morning, officials said.

Rescue teams who rushed to the site following the accident, had to cut the pressed structure of the van to pull out the bodies and the injured.

Ghulam Soomro, the medical superintendent of the district hospital of Khairpur, said that rescue teams have brought 17 bodies and five injured to the hospital.

Among the five injured, three of them succumbed to their injuries, reports Xinhua news agency.

Police filed a case against the truck driver who fled from the site after the accident.

Rai Mazhar Iqbal, Assistant Superintendent of Police, said the overloaded truck attempted to overtake the passenger vehicle, but the driver lost control of the truck and it overturned on the van.

Around 9,000 road accidents were reported every year since 2011 in the country, killing more than 4,500 people on average annually, according to data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.

Traffic police officials said that 90 percent of the accidents in Pakistan are caused by human error.